Books

Bridget Birdsall’s intersex YA novel a slam dunk

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:19

Bridget Birdsall’s Double Exposure, one of the latest additions to YA lit, puts us in the shoes of intersex teen Alyx. She’s looking for a fresh start, after relentless bullying in Northern California pressures her and her mother to move to Milwaukee, where they move in with Alyx’s grandfather and uncle on the South Side. There, Alyx quickly makes a name for herself on the girls’ basketball team, but her triumph may be short-lived when a competitive teammate with her own bullying tactics begins to make life difficult for her.

WiG spoke with Birdsall, who lives in Madison, about the novel in late 2014.

'To Kill a Mockingbird' author Harper Lee to have second novel published — 50 years later

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 04 February 2015 07:35

Harper Lee in the 1950s. -PHOTO: enWikipedia

To Kill a Mockingbird will not be Harper Lee's only published book after all.

The big reads in book news in 2014

Written by HILLEL ITALIE,
AP National Writer
Monday, 22 December 2014 19:58

Like a serial for the digital age, the book world’s most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time.

A dispute about e-book revenues between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group led to Amazon’s removing buy buttons, cutting discounts and reducing orders for works ranging from J.K. Rowling’s latest detective thriller to J.D. Salinger’s “Nine Stories.” The battle lasted for months. Hachette author Stephen Colbert flipped the bird to Amazon, right on camera. Amazon suggested that frustrated customers might try buying books elsewhere.

Travel books, for gifts or your own coffee table

Written by BETH J. HARPAZ,
AP travel editor
Friday, 05 December 2014 08:08

Shopping, romance, bucket lists, inspiration and information: All of these things and more can be found in books for travelers that are out this season in time for the holidays.

In addition to being gift-worthy, some of the titles make a nice addition to your own coffee-table collection; others are useful for trip planning or may serve as fodder for travel dreams.

Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth writes memoir: 'Girl in a Band'

Written by MAE ANDERSON,
Associated Press
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:49

As the front woman for influential indie band Sonic Youth for three decades, Kim Gordon had a ringside seat as experimental music left the grimy clubs of New York and went mainstream with the help of MTV and Lollapalooza in the 1980s and 1990s.

Married to band co-founder Thurston Moore for 27 years, the duo seemed to have the perfect rock-star marriage — until it unraveled in 2011, devastating fans.

Are you reading what Mark Zuckerberg's reading? Pinker's 'The Better Angels'

Written by HILLEL ITALIE,
AP National Writer
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 07:20

Mark Zuckerberg has made his next book club pick, a release he considers especially timely after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Facebook CEO announced earlier this week he would take on Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” a widely discussed and occasionally criticized 2011 book that contends violence has decreased in modern times and the world has become more humane. Zuckerberg posted the news on his Facebook page and on a community page he set up for his club, A Year of Books.

A female Thor and a Muslim Ms. Marvel? Comic books embrace diversity

Written by Jesse J. Holland,
AP writer
Friday, 19 December 2014 10:20

This Thor is a woman now. -PHOTO: Marvel Comics

For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society.

Holiday Gift Guide: Deck the tables with oversized gift books

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:18

All the Songs. — PHOTO: Courtesy

As self-purchases, coffee table books may seem like pricey indulgences, but as gifts they’re an easy way to please a connoisseur, hobbyist or wannabe.

Take a look — Dr. Seuss has a new book

Written by The AP Saturday, 21 February 2015 06:23

More than 20 years after his death, there is still plenty of news about Dr. Seuss.

Random House Children's Books said Wednesday it will publish a recently discovered manuscript with illustrations called "What Pet Should I Get" on July 28. The publisher plans at least two more books, based on materials found in 2013 in the author's home in La Jolla, California, by his widow and secretary.

Novel explores Van Gogh’s silent period

Written by M.L. JOHNSON,
Associated Press writer
Thursday, 08 January 2015 08:34

When Vincent van Gogh steps off the train in the coal-mining region of Belgium known as the Borinage, his artist’s eye is immediately captivated by his surroundings.

“The haze of coal smoke made it seem as if night were falling; the black was so thick, I felt I could take grasp of it with my hand and pull free a piece,” he recalls in a letter to his brother.

Ayn Rand novel ‘Ideal’ to be published in July

Written by WiG Monday, 08 December 2014 19:35

An Ayn Rand novel written, temporarily shelved and later published as a play is finally being released in its original form.

The New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced that Rand’s “Ideal” would be published July 7. Rand had worked on the novel, about a Garbo-like actress and the fans she confronts, in the mid-1930s. Unhappy with the result, she turned it into a play, which came out in 2005.

Stephen King returns to true horror in ‘Revival’

Written by ROB MERRILL,
Associated Press writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:02

Remember when Stephen King announced that he was retiring? That was more than a decade and at least six books ago, and he’s done nothing but crank out best-sellers ever since.

King's latest novel — likely to be No. 1 next week — is appropriately titled “Revival,” for it marks a return to true horror for the modern master of the genre. There are no soul-sucking vampires as in “Doctor Sleep,” or speculative historical fiction about the assassination of John F. Kennedy as in “11/22/63.”